Pete Green: Dons on the up after Hemel win - but not satisfied with sixth spot

Pete Green
Pete Green

Doncaster RLFC climbed to sixth in the Betfred League One table after beating Hemel Stags 74-10.

“It’s still not where we want to be but sixth definitely looks better than ninth,” said assistant coach Pete Green.

“No disrespect to Hemel, who never stopped trying, but we knew that we’d run up a decent score if we were on our game and we did that.

“We scored 14 tries and maybe bombed another three or four more chances by trying to force the pass. But that sort of thing happens when you are well ahead especially when the temperature, which was probably in the 30s, is hot as it was down there.

“Our completion rate, especially in the first half, was very high and that’s why we were able to put pressure on them and score as many points as we did.”

Winger Jack Sanderson, who exchanged places with full-back Richard Owen, scored four of the Doncaster tries.

“I thought Jack did really well, albeit against lesser opposition, and it will have been a big confidence booster for him,” said Green.

“Richard also played well on the wing as did Bish (Aaron Jones-Bishop).”

The game saw the return of dual-registered Hull FC second-rower Jansin Turgut who played a dozen or more games for Doncaster in 2015.

“Jansin has matured since he was last here and he was outstanding,” said Green. “He’s exceptionally fit in addition to being mobile and strong and we are looking to try and keep him for the rest of the season.

“He is out of contract at Hull at the end of the season so by playing with us he’d be putting himself in the shop window and be perfectly placed to impress one (Richard Horne) of the Hull coaching staff as well as other clubs.”